Hall of Worthies

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Hall of Worthies
Hangul 집현전
Hanja 殿
Revised Romanization Jiphyeonjeon
McCune–Reischauer Chiphyŏnjŏn

The Hall of Worthies or Jiphyeonjeon (Jip Hyun Jun) was set up by Sejong the Great of the Korean Joseon Dynasty in 1420. It consisted of scholars selected by the king.

The Hall participated in various scholarly endeavors, of which the best-known may be the compilation of the Hunminjeongeum, in which the hangul writing system was first formulated. Besides the invention of Hangul, the Hall of Worthies was involved in publication of numerous scholarly and scientific writings, which contributed to reputation of Sejong's reign as the golden age of Korean culture.

The Hall of Worthies was disbanded by King Sejo (Korean: 세조) after many of its members (notably the six martyred ministers) plotted to assassinate Sejo in 1456, following the latter's usurpation of the throne from King Danjong. However, a similar organization, the Office of Special Advisors (Korean: 홍문관), continued much of the same work, though without enjoying the same prestige or output it had during the earlier period.

Famous scholars[edit]

Members of the Hall of Worthies who plotted against King Sejo[edit]

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